MOT Costs

It can often be challenging to work out if you are getting a good deal on your MOT. This can be due to the huge variety of offers run by MOT testing stations throughout the country. Thankfully the UK government sets a maximum fee that garages can charge for an MOT test.  This ensures motorists have clear visibility of the expected MOT cost.

Although the maximum fee is set by government it is always worth shopping around to get a better deal. A large number of testing stations and garages offer significant discounts on the maximum MOT cost. Test fees are also not subject to VAT.

The cost of an MOT varies depending on what type of vehicle you drive. A small family car will cost you less for an MOT test than if you owned a large minibus for example.

The test fees are broken down into classes. The table below shows which types of vehicle belong to each class. Most cars with up to 8 passenger seats fit into class 4 of the MOT fee schedule. You can double-check which class your vehicle is in by looking at your V5 Registration Document.

Current MOT Costs

This table shows the current MOT test fees as set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

ClassVehicle typeAge first MOT needed (years)Fee
(cm3 = cubic centimetres)
1Motorbike (engine size up to 200 cm3)3£29.65
1Motorbike with sidecar (engine size up to 200 cm3)3£37.80
2Motorbike (engine size over 200 cm3)3£29.65
33-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)3£37.80
43-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)3£54.85
4Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)3£54.85
4Motor caravans3£54.85
4Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)3£54.85
4Dual purpose vehicles3£54.85
4Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)3£54.85
4Ambulances and taxis1£54.85
4Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)1£57.30
4Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)3£54.85
4aClass 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation checkn/a£64
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)1£59.55
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)1£80.65
5aClass 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation checkn/a£80.50
5aClass 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation checkn/a£124.50
7Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)3£58.60

If you are looking to book your MOT in the near future please see our pre MOT checklist. This lists several easy checks you can do yourself. These hints and tips will help you to pass your MOT test at the first attempt.

Retest Fees

MOT Cost

If the worst happens and your vehicle fails its MOT then once it has been repaired to the necessary standard it will need to be retested. If you leave your car at the MOT station while repairs are carried out then only a partial retest is required. This is free providing the retest is carried out within 10 working days.

If the vehicle is repaired elsewhere you can take it back to the MOT station before the end of the next working day for a free partial retest on one or more of these qualifying items:

  • bonnet, bootlid, brake pedal antislip, direction indicators, doors, dropsides, fuel filler cap, hazard warning, horn, lamps (excluding headlamp aim), loading door, mirrors, rear reflectors, registration plates, seatbelts (excluding body around anchorage points), seats, sharp edges or projections, steering wheel, tailboard, tailgate, towbars (excluding body around anchorage points), vehicle identification number (VIN), windscreen and glass, windscreen wipers, windscreen washers, wheels and tyres (excluding motorbikes and motorbikes with sidecar)

If your vehicle is taken away from the MOT station and repaired it can be retested on the failing items within 10 working days. In these cases a partial retest fee may be charged.

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